Wisdom Calls (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31) Father’s Day

School is out and, in the northern hemisphere at least, summer stretches ahead, full of the promise of rest and warmth, rejuvenation and wonder. Maybe you are youthful, and the promise of summer break is so new and fresh for you that you are practically bursting with the excitement of it. Or, maybe you are in the middle of life, balancing care for children and elders with work and hobbies, even in the summer.  Or, maybe you are later in life, and the time for both school and work is past and summer is a season like the others.

Wherever you are on life’s journey, listen!  Lady Wisdom is calling you.  She is calling out in the places you are most likely to be, she is trying to get your attention.  What does she want to tell you?  “I was there in the beginning,” she sings, “delighting and rejoicing in creation.”

Wisdom blows into our lives in a rush of joy and pleasure.  On this Trinity Sunday, she reminds us that the magnificent labor of the Creator and the redeeming love of the Savior are only two parts of the divine purpose.  Wisdom’s part–enjoying creation as it unfolds and wandering, without direction but with confidence in the beauty of the divinity–is just as potent.

Wisdom is at the creator’s side when all the sweaty-browed work of creation is being done, and Wisdom knows her place is at the Creator’s side. She delights in creation but doesn’t feel a need to do anything. And you know what?  The Creator doesn’t demand it of her.  Maybe Wisdom is showing us that the Creator doesn’t demand action all the time from us either.  Even if school isn’t out for you, you can still take a summer break. Soak in the wisdom of Wisdom, just be in and with creation. Find a moment or a month where there is nothing to do but rejoice in the Creator.

“Life is this simple.  We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time,” writes the mystic Thomas Merton. Take Wisdom’s lesson today.  See God’s shining and delight in it.

Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Sustainer, Redeemer, Creator.  Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver.* Lover, Beloved, Love.  Holy Three in One, immerse us this day in mystery and wonder, and send us forth into your beautiful creation, ready to delight in it.  Amen.

*From the New Zealand Prayer Book, published by Harper Collins, 1997.

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Strengthen the Church Offering to be Collected on June 23

The offering for Strengthen the Church will be collected on Sunday, June 23.  Envelopes and information materials will be placed in the June 16 church bulletins.  Your offering to Strengthen the Church supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC congregations.

On Pentecost, our ancestors spread the good news by shouting down the street.  In our time, UCC congregations are setting up shop on street corners and are taking the good news online, so we can be wherever people need to hear about Christ’s healing love and the Spirit’s creative presence. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities.  As God calls our conregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

We can forget that we are never alone in our ministries and congregations. Then, along comes Pentecost and the Strengthen the Church offering, to remind us of the Spirit-filled community of which we are blessed to be a part.

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Gathered and Scattered (Acts 2:1-21)

What was that morning like?  Jesus’ friends and followers gathered in a sad, small circle as they had every day in those confusing days after they thought Jesus had finally left them for good.  Outside, it was a holiday and everyone was visiting Jerusalem–true believers and serious doubters and tourists looking for some excitement and pickpockets looking for some tourists.  But all the people in the world who knew about Jesus were contained in one little room.  They must have felt so alone in there.  The few of them inside, the celebrating throngs outside.

Then, suddenly, the Holy Spirit arrived!  And with the arrival came a startling revelation. They were not alone, as they had thought.  They were connected to people in the past, the present and the future. They were connected to those far away and those just down the street.  They were connected to those who looked and spoke like them, and those who did not.

Those gathered in that first congregation on that first Pentecost day thought they were making a closed circle, just for them. You and your congregation feel alone sometimes, too.  Maybe it seems like Jesus has departed and you don’t know what is next for you.  But, look!  The Holy Spirit is here and now, as it was there and then.

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Summer Hours Begin June 2

Our summer worship schedule will begin on Sunday, June 2, at 10 a.m.  Adult Christian Education classes will meet at 9 a.m.

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Calling All Musicians

During the summer months the St. John’s choir members are on hiatus.  If you, or someone you know, is musically talented and would like to offer special music for a worship service during the months of June through August, please inform Pastor Carol or Nancy Yeager.

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Church Camp Registration Forms Available

Registration forms are available for Templed Hills, our UCC church camp, from Pastor Carol. If you have never attended grandparents camp with your grandchild(ren), Pastor Carol highly recommends it. Please see her to learn of her wonderful memories and experiences at camp with her grandchildren.

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Centering Words for June 16:  Spirit of truth, you open to us the Word of life and help us to see the possibilities of each day. Guide us now that we may hear your truth and embody it. As we face suffering, help us to endure, to hope, and to love. Grant wisdom and strength of character to overcome limitations that we might represent you well each moment we live by doing the work you call us to do.  Amen.

Sunday, June 16–Worship at 10 a.m., with guest speaker Ron Geiser.  His meditation is “A Father’s Day Look at the Trinity”.  There will be NO coffee hour after worship so that families may enjoy time together to celebrate Father’s Day.

Tuesday, June 18–Ladies meet at LuLu’s, 9 a.m.; TOPS, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19–Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 20–Community dinner at Senior Center, 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 23–Strengthen the Church Offering to be collected, Evangelism Committee meets after worship

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday,  May 28, 2019,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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Facebook Page

You are missing out on a super way to advertise our church if you are not sharing with many of your other Facebook friends St. John’s Facebook page.  There are many interesting articles posted every day.  “Friend” all of your friends and ask them to “Like” the St. John’s page–let’s let people know we are here, alive, and moving forward!

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St Johns Snow

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